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Fairfield Pet Stories

Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

View our Pet Stories below from dogs, cats and all kinds of other pets and wildlife. The stories are all genuine cases from the Fairfield archives.
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"Fudge" - Chocolate Lab with Cruciate Ligament Rupture

How much pain is considered acceptable? As veterinary surgeons we are taught that with regard to our patients we should "Do them no harm". Yet the very act of any surgery causes some degree of discomfort: if that surgery is perceived to provide an overall benefit to the patient then some degree of pain can be regarded as acceptable. Removing a tumour or repairing a wound can both be seen as clear evidence of "No pain no gain". In surgical circles, it is recognised that orthopaedic surgery on bones and joints can cause a considerable level of pain post operatively.

"Fudge" had been limping on her left hind leg for 2 months as a result of a cruciate ligament rupture. The level of pain was moderate but unrelenting. After discussion with her owners it was decided to repair her leg with surgery. The logic here being that with surgery we are able to create an environment where healing can occur where it would not take place without surgery or at least not for a very long time. Short term severe pain is in effect traded for long term gain. That is up until recently. A new product is now licensed and currently in use at Fairfield which provides an extremely potent and effective analgesic or "pain killer". At 100 times stronger than morphine it should be clear that "Fentanyl" is very effective at ensuring that our patients are free from pain and "Fudge" was certainly a fine example of that! So effective in fact it was apparent to her owners that for the first few days "Fudge" didn't really want to acknowledge that she had experienced any major surgery at all! A week later and "Fudge" is back to reality but making excellent progress, ahead of schedule, just in time for Christmas.

For myself, over the festive season, I shall be sticking to a more old fashioned form of analgesia that encompasses Scotland's most famous export! And a Happy New Year to one and all!

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

"Porcha" - Chihuahua with Grade 4 Luxating Patella
"Hedgehog" - Chorioptes Mites

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